21 Day fix with Fibro – Week 2 – Real Time

Week two of The 21 Day Fix is in the books. As I have mentioned before, with fibro, I would often have to take a week to recover after one workout. The fact that I have been able to go for two weeks on this program is amazing. The key I find, is to take is slower and easier if I need to. Don’t stop moving and keep going.
…and the nutrition. Fuelling my body with nutritious foods has really helped. On the days when I messed up my eating, I could feel the difference.

The workouts are getting a bit easier and I don’t feel as though I have to modify the movements as much.
This week was pretty hectic.

21 day fix with fibro

Day 8 – Cardio Fix

Soreness – Not bad.
Nutrition – It was my husband’s birthday so I had some cake. I had saved my “yellows” but I know I blew it. The rest of my day was reds and greens.
It was a special occasion.
Workout – Seemed to fly by. I am still modifying.

I overestimated my ability to enjoy eggs.
For ease, I added them to every breakfast for the week.
I do not think I will be eating them again for a very long time.

Day 9 – Dirty 30 + Bonus 10-minute Abs

Soreness- My lower back hurt a little, but I think it came from rough housing with my kiddos.
Nutrition – Better than the day before, but I was so unprepared my husband stopped at a fast food place when we running errands. I had a veggie burger, plain because I am weird and fries because I had been craving them.
Workout – I loved it.
I’ve made some progress and do even more of the bonus abs.

I didn’t do a great job with my meal planning for this week and spent quite a bit of time looking up to remind myself if rice should be measured cooked or uncooked as well as some meats.
I saw that my coach was eating breakfast sausage links…
I bought some.
Then realised that I should have bought turkey sausage.
I miss the microwaveable Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles that I used to buy in the states.

Day 10 – Upper Fix

Yeah… I blew it today.
Excuse time!
I had to take my husband to the doctor today over his foot hurting. Turns out its just plantar fasciitis, but it was an all day thing. We had run a few errands after the doctor visit such as getting his meds and trying to get our “non essential” goods before everything goes into lock down for almost four weeks starting tomorrow, xmas eve. The added stress of people and general anxiety kicked in and I ran out of spoons really quick. I wasn’t planning an all day trip so I didn’t bring food. I had protein bars and almonds, but I let my blood sugar drop and felt sick.
I tried to switch out with yoga today, but only got in 10 minutes as my kids were super needy. Aren’t they always when you don’t feel the best.

But I finally got my containers in the mail!
I blame COVID and the Holidays for the delay. I was trying to estimate using random containers that I had on hand and measuring cups.

Soreness – Abs are a little sore.
Nutrition – A joke. Processed foods, tried to make the best choices in a hurry.
I could tell that I wasn’t giving my body the best nutrition.
Workout- I plan on doing Upper Fix tomorrow morning, then yoga in the afternoon before xmas eve shenanigans start.

I have the xmas eve food already planned and accounted for.

Day 11 – Yoga Fix [+ Upper Fix]

Since it’s xmas eve, we got off work at noon. There were plans with my mom later than night, but I was able to work in both workouts.

Soreness – The soreness seems to be getting less and less. The nutrition is helping as I am fueling my body with better foods than I have been.
Nutrition – I worked pizza into my daily plan. It kind of went to crap when my five year old kept shoving chocolate covered marshmallow reindeers into my mouth, but it was xmas eve and I did two workouts so I didn’t let it bother me.
Workout – I feel like I am getting more flexible and I am able to go longer.

Day 12 – Lower Fix + 10 -Minute Abs

Happy xmas!

Soreness – The abdominal workout really seemed to hurt my back today. No soreness left over from the previous workout.
Nutrition – Crap. We ordered fast food for a late lunch, but I kept it as healthy as I could with chicken and forgoing sauces and dips. I also had some of the cookies that we were sent home with.
Workout – I love the lower fix days… but like I mentioned the ab workout seemed to really hit my back this time. I was able to complete more than the last time. Progress!!

Day 13 – Total Body Cardio Fix

I spent 8 hours deep cleaning my house.
I was exhausted.
I ended up playing Just Dance for a few hours before bed with the family. My heart rate went up, I sweated a lot… So I kind of cheated and called this a workout.

Soreness – I was so sore from cleaning the house.
Nutrition – Getting back on track. I used the fruit to help get over the sugar cravings from the last few days of holiday treats.
Workout – I ended up playing Just Dance. It was fun, the whole family was moving. I had to change into lighter clothes due to sweating. My heart rate was definitely up and I was out of breath by the end of our “dance competition” as my five year old put it.

Day 14 – Pilates Fix Total Body Cardio Fix

Soreness – A little bit stiff. Maybe it was the lack of stretching.
Nutrition – I feel like I am getting back on track. I haven’t been hungry, but I also haven’t eaten all the containers. Whole foods really will help you feel full.
Workout – I was able to jog instead of the really fast marching. Progress.
Had a bit of a hard time with the crunch/fold/roll up combo at the end.

Looking towards Week Three

Now that the holidays are over, I need to dial in on eating plan.
I have my containers now, so that should be easier.
I have one week left, wow!
That also means that I need to think about what I will be doing after 21 Day fix.

Since I am still using the modifiers, I am leaning towards doing another round of 21 day fix and really working on my “diet”. I use diet in the sense of everyday eating, not a restrictive plan.

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21 Day Fix with Fibromyalgia Week 1

I have decided to chronicle my first full round of 21 Day fix with fibromyalgia.

Five years ago I possibly in the best shape of my life. Weight lifting at least five days a week and almost confident enough to try my hand at cross fit. #helloanxiety I wanted to become a certified kettlebell instructor.
Then life happened. I moved home to Canada and started University. Depression set in while it took over a year for Andy to be approved to immigrate. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
I have slowly been working on my strength and stamina. I’ve had to adjust workout programs and modify some harder moves. Adding in rest days to make sure that I recover. A few months ago, one workout on Monday would have me in pain and in the bed for the rest of the week.

21 day fix with fibromyalgia

Day 1 – Total Body Cardio Fix

So much food, so little time to eat!!
Tired first thing in the morning, but energized after the workout and able to focus better at work in the afternoon.
Went to bed earlier than normal, thankfully Teghan went to bed early too.

Cardio. I hate cardio.

Day 2 – Lower Fix

Not as sore as I usually am after a workout.
The nutrition must be helping.

Lunges. My poor knees.
Was glad to see the end of the workout.
I slept 12 hours last night, so I don’t know if I will have enough time to get all that food in my belly.
Focusing on protein and veggies.

I am making sure that I don’t push myself harder as I am doing the 21 day fix with fibromyalgia

Day 3 – Upper Fix – 21 Day fix with Fibro

Upper Body… not too bad.
But then there was the 10 minute abs.
I tried my best.
The only abdominal muscles that I seemed to feel was up under my ribs.
I am starting to think I need to look up videos on how to engage the core.

I still feel like there is just so much food to eat.
I try to focus on the veggies and protein.


Day 4 – Pilates Fix

Oh my Lats!!
I did the lateral pull downs/overs? With 6 lbs yesterday.
Felt fine then.…but I think that DOMS may be setting in.
I didn’t think to put any cool azul or ortho ease on yesterday.

Pilates, I think I might hate this worse than abs.
I could really feel it in my muscles but the stretching was SOOO worth it at the end.
My kids, on their first day of virtual learning kept asking me if I was okay because of all the weird grunting and yelling I was doing.
I did get Freedom to put some ortho ease on my lats before working out.

Day 5 – Cardio Fix + 10 minute abs

Surprisingly not as sore as I thought I would be.
I slept pretty decently last night.
My kids are starting to break into the meals that I had prepped for myself.
Oddly, they never want to eat meals that I prep for them.

Day 6 – Dirty 30

I think this was the best work out of them all.
I was able to be focused and it flew by.
My nutrition the night before was … horrible.
I had a few drinks with my virtual office holiday party that wasn’t planned on which led to snacking and spiralling out of control.

It was a new day and I moved on.
I had a horrible gas bubble up under my ribs for most of the day which I will take as a lesson to keep an eye on my nutrition.

I loosely planned my meals and ordered my groceries online to pick up for tomorrow.

Day 7 – Yoga! Best part of 21 Day Fix with Fibromyalgia

What a day!
I was pretty much out of prepared meals since my family starting eating mine INSTEAD of theirs.
My day was planned out then I got news that my sister’s boyfriend’s Grama passed away. She was supposed to travel to get our father so he could be with us over the holidays. To be nice, I offered to go get him.
But then the I got to the store later than I wanted to pick up the grocery order, they were missing quite a few items that required me to make another stop. I kept getting distracted by my 12 year old, so I still missed a few items.

It was also snowing quite a bit and the roads were bad.
I had already committed to getting our father, an hour away. It was a struggle to get home, perishables put away, then go get him AND try to be back before dark due to the snow storm.

I managed to get my work out in, and prep some food.

The soreness has seemed to subsided and I have been able to work out seven days in a row.

Thoughts from the end of Week 1 of the 21 Day Fix with Fibromyalgia

It is a beginner level program.
Given my past athleticism, I felt so dorky following the modifications. I didn’t want to slow myself down, but I listened to my body. I had to fit pause a few extra times to rest, but I did it.
The nutrition was hard for me to nail down.
I am a picky eater so I had to get creative. So I think it limited my choices.
I think the biggest thing is just to keep going, just push play and never miss a Monday!

21 day fix with fibro

Who am I to offer advice?
I am a certified NESTA Lifestyle and Weigh Management Specialist.
I have also worked in the natural health and supplement industry for over a decade. Still, all of this is simply advice. I am sharing information. Talk to your physician or medical professional before making any changes or starting a new program or supplement. I am not here to diagnose, prevent, or treat any disease or illness. I am simply offering advice from a nutritional standpoint.

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